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hiking
26 days ago

Ice is plenty think enough right now to walk across straight to the glacier. Fog made for a fun walk back, but the app made it very helpful staying on track.

We first did this hike in June 2018 with two other families, 5 kids and 5 dogs. Outstanding time was had by all. This is a must hike every summer! The views of the glacier are nothing short of astounding and the payoff at the lakes edge is spectacular!

snowshoeing
1 month ago

great trail!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail with views that last for days. Portage Glacier has receded over time and the icebergs floating on Portage Lake are almost non-existent, but it’s still gorgeous!

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! Blue glacier covered with snow but still a lovely hike with a great view! Very windy and Lots of ice today, minimal pockets of deep snow before you get to the pass. Started too late @ 1 pm and was nearly to the lake at 2:30. Had to turn around as it’s DST and after the sun went behind mountain at 3:30 things just became more dim. Got to my car at 4:30 very dusky & Probably dehydrated at that time. Remember to drink water when it’s cold outside. You need it and don’t realize it.
Gorgeous sunny day and only 4 people at the pass and no one else. The gentlemen said it’s a 4 hr hike minimum. 2 hrs there and 2 hrs back. Happy hiking!

hiking
4 months ago

The toughest part of the trail is the beginning with a pretty steep elevation. The trail is well maintained but due to the small gravel type rocks traction is iffy. The payoff of the glacier and portage lake is so worth it though. Pack a lunch and find a nice secluded spot around the side of the lake to enjoy.

Beautiful hike. Make sure that you apply some insect repellent. I would recommend returning from the end well at least an hour before the sunset.

The trail is very easy. You could ride your bike or take young kids with no problem. We didn't make it to the end, so maybe the view there justifies it. There is some beautiful scenery along the way, but the trail runs very close to the road. You hear every car that drives by and can often see the road. We were very disappointed and turned around after a few miles of it not getting better.

great hike for most skill levels. Bring some waterproof shoes and a rain jacket!

just amazing trail and not terribly difficult. so much payoff for little effort, even if you're just going to the top of the pass. if you're going to the lake, make sure you wear shoes you can get wet. if you're going to the ice, beware you'll need to cross a river that for me today was impassible

The best trail I’ve taken in Alaska so forth. It was very cloudy and windy so the views were not that spectacular but once you reach Portage Lake, glacier view is very impressive. The first up is steep and exhausting but it is worth the effort.

Easily one of my favorite hikes to date. Arrived around 10 am on a September day, only one other car in the lot. Steep and rocky at the beginning but after that it is quite easy. Got to the top of the ridge and it was breath taking seeing the glacier for the first time. We got there and it was foggy which added a mystique aspect to the trailhead. With the fog and surrounding mountains, it seemed like the trail was from a fairytale.

Scenic trail. Part boardwalk, part gravel, very flat and wide. Mountain, forest, and stream views. Green and lush in summer. Ferns, moss, berries.

Can park at salmon viewing platform parking lot (then walk 150 meters straight back on road through campground to trail) and walk a shorter portion of the trail if desired. Glacier view from salmon viewing parking lot (Williwaw Fish Viewing Platform on Google maps).

Good trail, really popular. Went at end of July, the flowers down by the glacier were beautiful.

hiking
6 months ago

We completed this trail yesterday with my 5 year old.

The first .75 to 1 mile is a steady climb up. Once at the top if you want to get to the lake go left and follow the marked trail. if you go right there's a nice view after maybe 5 min.

The trail is easy to follow, if in spots mildly pushed in by plants. Bring bug spray.

The trail offers some beautiful views and isn't difficult. It is a popular trail so you most likely won't be the only one out there.

hiking
6 months ago

View is great at the top. Lots of snow at the top in late July. Would recommend doing this hike with fresh legs. This is not a marked trail after the first mile. Follow the cairns. Two tough stretches where you are climbing mainly vertical and having to do a lot of climbing. Used the trail marked by AllTrails as a guide but not the easiest way up. Would have been nice to have poles on the way back.

hiking
6 months ago

My favorite hike ever.

6 months ago

Beautiful weather + clear skies + midnight sunset. Best views of my life.

Trails ends early, but you can follow the cairns to the ridge line.

hiking
6 months ago

Incredible views! Steep incline but short hike overall. The view behind you as you’re hiking up makes the incline insignificant.

hiking
6 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes!! It is a short steep hike with a huge view payoff. Our kids (5 and 7) did it easily. Seriously one of the best views you can get in Alaska. Would rate as moderate, for difficulty.

7 months ago

beautiful but by no means a moderate trail

on Portage Pass Trail

hiking
7 months ago

The mile long hill climb to start this hike is definitely tough but the rest of the trail isn’t too bad. The weather wasn’t great during our hike and we couldn’t see much other than our immediate surroundings which was giving us second thoughts but we pushed on and the view of the glacier at the end was well worth it!

that view at the end is worth it. I made it all the way to the beach. i had the opportunity to pick up a floating piece of iceberg and take pictures atop The hill overseeing the glacier once you get on top of the hill.

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing views on the way up as well as the way down. So much exploring is possible even if the trail is somewhat busy.

Amazing experience including traveling Portage Valley, Whittier Tunnel, amazing views of Whittier and Prince William Sound, Portage and other glaciers. My 7 yo hiked it. Trailhead is well marked, and easy to access.

Great if you’re looking for a quick hike that will still get your HR up. Views of Prince William Sound and the glaciers were pretty neat even on a rainy spring day and we saw two bald eagles on the way up. We hiked this in early May and there was still knee-deep snow along the entire trail

hiking
7 months ago

This was awesome hike. I have a titanium ankle and despite the first .8mile being a good leg burner. It was cool and i filled up my water bottle with glacier water

hiking
8 months ago

Busy trail, lots of dogs. Fun hike. Still snowy parts but it’s packed.

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